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How to see search results as they're seen in other parts of the world?
Mr Bo Jangles

 9:40 pm on Oct 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

I am in Australia, and despite the fact that I ask Google for search results from 'the Web' and not from 'pages from Australia', search results, particularly the first few listings are still definitely orientated to my IP.

Mostly, I am interested in how search results present for someone living in the US, so how do I get Google to do that i.e. ignore my IP?

[and I'm not talking about ads or sponsored listings, I'm talking about the normal search results]



 11:34 pm on Oct 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Here's a thread on the topic from 2008 - it's in the Hot Topics area [webmasterworld.com], which is always pinned to the top of this forum's index page.

Seeing Country-Located Results - from outside the country [webmasterworld.com]

The surest approach would be a VPN or proxy server located in the country whose results you want to see.


 7:50 am on Oct 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

or use the firefox extension called Google Global


 7:52 am on Oct 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

also, use this Google URL to see the results as they appear in USA and not affected by local IP address:


Mr Bo Jangles

 8:08 am on Oct 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

many thanks guys - works well

Mr Bo


 9:16 am on Oct 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

cbpayne, is there a trick to getting [google.com...] to work? I'm in the UK and still getting local results.


 9:27 am on Oct 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

There is no trick to it; it works OK for me here in Australia to see the USA results.

If you click on the url in my post; the "ncr" part of the url disappears when you get to Google... but it still only shows the USA results for me (but does show the local adwords) .... unless it does not work for UK for another reason?


 2:58 pm on Oct 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Install the google toolbar and tell it to use .com

Tropical Island

 3:07 pm on Oct 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

I use the Google AdWords Preview Tool at https://adwords.google.com/select/AdTargetingPreviewTool

It's a great tool. Just choose the google.? & the country & it will show you results & ads.

For instance for Canada choose google.ca & country Canada.


 4:11 pm on Oct 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

Tropical Island -- great idea! will do that also. by the way, telling google toolbar to use .com will not give US results if in another country.


 9:31 am on Oct 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

I am in the UK with a US targeted site. Up to now I have used a web site which presents the listings from multiple Google data centres to see how we are ranking in the US. We have dropped recently and consistently show around the 15 or 16 mark.

Using the tools in our log analysis programme also puts us at no.15

I recently noticed on the Google UK home page an option to 'Go to google.com'. This apparently shows the US rankings (though with UK ads), and puts our site at no.3.

Using the methods suggested in this thread gives the same result - we show at no.3.

However, we know without doubt that if we were truly at no.3 we would be showing vastly more hits for this keyword than is the case. Sadly they do reflect a no.15 position.

SO ... are we at no.3 or no.15 - and why the difference?


 10:51 am on Oct 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Selecting "go to google.com" in the UK will not serve up US results...in doing so I still see UK results, or slightly modified results that may be those of different data centers.

If you're seeing UK ads then it means that google has sniffed your UK IP address.

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